A Message from the Dean
Mission Iraq
A 1L Odyssey, Part 2
Isabelle Johnston Bids Farewell
Gloria Watts, Beloved Registrar, Gets Big Send-Off
The Brief
Graduation / Reunion
The Board of Overseers
Faculty News & Publications
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam
News & Events:
Former NCC President Counsels “We the People” To Follow Museum’s Lead and Develop Philadelphia

Keedy Cup Goes to Team of Rubin and Gomez
Students Get Up Close Look at Workings of Pa. Superior Court
Head of Common Cause Decries Big-Money Politics, Bad Medicare Bill
Former NCC President Counsels “We the People” To Follow Museum’s Lead and Develop Philadelphia
Wax Exhorts Blacks to Take Responsibility for Academic Success
LALSA Celebrates Work of Latinos at Fun-Filled La Gran Fiesta
Hands-On Human Rights Seminar Debuts
Federal Housing Act Focus of Sparer Symposium
71 Percent of 3Ls Exceed Pro Bono Requirement
Who’s Who of Public Service
EJF Raises More Than $30,000
Penn Law Receives Rare Honor from Burton Awards
Design Award Goes to Roberts Hall Architects
Law School Appoints Wallace New Registrar
Kolker Brings Global Outlook to LL.M. Program
New Exchange Program with Japanese Law School
Joseph Torsella
AS PRESIDENT of the National Constitution Center for seven years, Joseph Torsella saw the museum spring to life despite doubters who thought it couldn’t be done. And it taught him a lesson about prospects for development in the Philadelphia area.

“Philadelphia has suffered for way too long from a ‘We Can’t Syndrome.’ The Constitution Center’s success shows that this region’s potential is only limited by its imagination,” Torsella told a gathering of Penn Law Democrats last March.

He said the NCC had to overcome serious obstacles to become a popular tourist attraction and major museum of ideas. Initially, he said, the National Park Service was opposed to the project because it wanted to conserve the land around Independence Mall, not draw more visitors. Their objections were overcome but more bumps lay ahead. For instance, construction came to a rapid halt, Torsella related, when workers dredging up the first bucket of soil hit what he described as “almost a lost city.” The remains of an 18th century church – as well as some of our forebearers – were found beneath the site.
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